Brigid's Crosses

My very first Brigid's Cross or St. Brigid's Cross! 

Some people worship the goddess, and some recognize and worship the saint.   Most of the links at the end of the post today are intended to share the stories of both goddess and saint. I hope you will take time to read them and learn more of the rich history and lore surrounding Brigid and perhaps find your own reasons to honor her by making a Brigid's Cross.

I am celebrating Brigid as the goddess of creative inspiration and expression by Making a Brigid or St. Brigid Cross!

You will need wheat straws which even though many tutorials insist are available at local craft stores, I am having a hard time finding!  So again,  the link to my favorite on line source for wheat! Be sure to soak your cleaned straws a couple hours to soften so the shafts won't break.

The thought has occurred to me that yarn soaked in diluted white glue or fabric Mod Podge and then dried before use might just work for weaving these! I have some drying right now - I will let you know!

If any of you can think of another material for making these, would you share in the comments for others to see?

The only other item you need on hand to make Brigid's Cross is dental floss - waxed is best!

This is absolutely the best tutorial out there! 

My original intention was to create a step by step tutorial.  And then I found this !  It is well done and very clear so that anyone can make one in just a few minutes!

I am going to share a few tips, however, that were not mentioned!

You know - things I learned the hard way!  Like don't let go of the last straw added to the weaving - ever!  Not even to take a quick picture!

Holding the weaving in one hand and with the other bending the straw and placing it into the weaving can be just a bit tricky!  So I am sharing my own technique!  First for bending the stray as shown above.

And then for sliding the bent straw into the weaving.  I found it easier for me to hold everything in place if I held my weaving on a flat surface as I worked.

And always, always hold onto that last straw you placed into the weaving
!  If you let go, it acts like a dozen little springs suddenly freed from tension and explodes in all directions! 

Of course, if your children are bored and you really want to entertain them....

Now all this instruction to hold on the the last placed straw is well and good until it is time to tie off the first arm!  I still need two hands to tie a knot! 

So I devised the full proof system shown above for holding the weaving in place while I tied the first set of straws together!

Be sure that the first bundle of straws you tie is the one containing the last woven straw.

Now you can remove the book and it will hold together perfectly while you are tying the remaining bundles.

My first attempt at eyeballing the placement of the ties resulted in an uneven cross - so I used a ruler!

When all four bundles have been tied, you can trim the bundles close to the floss. Or leave them long and splayed open like I did in my first one!

I like them both ways! 

Now excuse me while I go make one for Diane!

In case you missed it, there is more information about Brigid and Imbolc, Candlemas and the Feast of St. Brigid in this post!

Here are the links I promised! Enjoy!

Brigid of Kildare 

Brigid: The Survival of a Goddess 

The Feast of St. Brigid 

Brigid: Celtic Goddess of Fire


Out here in the Southwest we

Out here in the Southwest we can make them from yucca leaves! Also I use a wire twisty tie to secure the ends until I can tie them properly.

Love The Saint B's Cross! I

Love The Saint B's Cross! I made one last year out of thinly rolled newspaper. It is just peeking out behind the skull banner from last years DOD celebration.

Not only do I love the

Not only do I love the Brigid, thanks for the tutorial. But, man, I can never keep my nails that nice while crafting. You've got skills.

Pam, this is what I love most

Pam, this is what I love most about Brigid, the bursting of creative spark and the lighting of the flame of bring forth something new. It's so inspirational! Of course, I've never made one of these, because I've done very little weaving! And I can't imagine finding wheat, but it's worth looking for. But you know what would be a silly alternative, which I have on hand now, is chenille stems. Not exactly plant-based, but good to make just one for practice.

You're just a font of great ideas.

Chris!  What a perfect idea! 

Chris!  What a perfect idea!  Chenille stems would be so easy to work with - especially for children!  None of that springing apart action! 

It is very beautiful! By the

It is very beautiful!
By the way: In Denmark, the 2. february is called "Kyndelmisse" it comes from "Missa Candelarum" the day where the altar candles were blessed in the catholic times.
It is said that 2. february is the hardest time of the winter, and there are a lot of superstition about that day: So many days the lark sings before Kyndelmisse, so many days of trouble the farmer gets in the summer.

Thank you Margit for sharing

Thank you Margit for sharing Kyndelmisse in Denmark and the superstition of the singing lark.  Candlemas is still celebrated with candles in many a church.

I am in the process of learning about this time of year and finding it fascinating how many cultures celebrate it in so many different ways.  It has been celebrated for a long, long time indeed!  And, yes, there are many, many superstitions associated with the date.  What I find amazing, is that I managed to live for so long and never be aware of any of it - we celebrate Groundhog Day in this country.!